The Expiatory chapel

Expiatory chapel

Commemorative monument constructed by king Louis XVIII, in memory of his brother king Louis XVI and sister-in-law queen Marie-Antoinette, at the exact location of their original burial place. After their execution on the Concorde square, they remained buried here for nearly two decades before their bodies were transferred to Saint Denis basilica, where they have been interred since 1815. Completed a few years later, the crypt where both were inhumed is still considered a place of pilgrimage for many people. Nevertheless they were not the only famous characters interred here, as mass graves were used for other important figures such as Mme du Barry, Philippe-Egalite, Charlotte Corday and Olympe de Gouges.

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Louis XVI's statue

Practical information

Entrance fee : 6 € adult. Special conditions for groups. Opening hours : April to Sept, (Tue to Sat : 10h-12h30, 13h30-18h30). Oct to March closed earlier (17h), plus closed on Wed.

Louis XVI black marble grave

Guided tour

Tour of the Expiatory Chapel for approximately 1h30.

Marie Antoinette' statue

Women of the Expiatory Chapel

A tour related to Marie-Antoinette in the Expiatory Chapel. Other great female figures related with the French Revolution will be evoked.

My favorite monuments

Join me to visit some of my favourite monuments of Paris. The Opera Garnier has an unbelievable architecture and it keeps fascinating me.

The Pere Lachaise cemetery is really a place to stroll around, to discover its amazing statues and graves. Its quiet alleys surrounded by old trees, are full of charm.

Basilica of Saint Denis is a delightful monument, where you can appreciate the most important number of recumbent medieval statues and the first example of the gothic style in France.